Lazy weekend poll ~ Haiku challenge!

Red Fuji

Pick a perfume, any perfume, write a haiku about it. Use the simplified English form — your haiku should have three lines, the first line with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables and the third line with five syllables. You can put the perfume name in the title if that makes it easier, and at any rate, don’t stress over the rules of traditional haiku — this is just for fun.

Your host today is miss kitty v:

miss kitty's gravatarAnd if anyone else is interested in getting on the list to host a poll, see here. And no, you don’t have to answer all the comments!

Note: top image is Mount Fuji in Clear Weather (aka Red Fuji) by Katsushika Hokusai, via Wikimedia Commons.

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  1. Robin says:

    Posted for Valkyrie, who included these in last weekend’s poll because she was to be out of town this weekend:

    Dana Tabu

    Cougar goes for kill
    She likes to make you pancakes
    After making love

    Blvgarli Black

    Faster Pussycat
    She’d rather cuddle than kill
    Still likes to drive fast

    Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia

    Cries feed me Seymour
    Washes down people with brie
    Plots world takeover

    • Dawnkana says:

      Love that Tabu haiku!!!!!!


    • FragrantWitch says:


      Cashmere nuzzles me
      Woodsmoke perfumes the crisp air
      Unexpected peace

    • Flora says:

      LOVE IT!!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I decided to do one positive and one not-so-very positive haiku:

    L’Heure Bleue

    Praline paste made air
    Flowers, pastries in blue light
    Making me hungry!


    Tough, chic green leather
    Then coworker said to me,
    “What smells like lab rats?”

    The last one is a true story, sadly.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      So which one’s the not-so-positive?

      • Elizabeth says:

        The Bandit. I could never wear it again after that comment!

        • miss kitty v. says:

          It was my lame attempt at a joke. :) Well, that’s really sad that anything would drive a person to stop wearing Bandit. Although the specificity of the comment is intriguing. Lab rats? Not just rats, not even dead rats…. LAB rats. Huh.

          • Julia says:

            Yeah, lab rats says something different. It conjures up urine on cedar shaving, animalic but in a sterile way? I can’t believe somebody said that. Did she know she was commenting on your perfume? A former co-worker criticize my perfume but was never quite so pointed about it. Sheesh.

      • Daisy says:

        LOL!!! naughty Mz Kitty….

        • miss kitty v. says:

          Hey, where’s YOUR haiku, Lady Daisy??

    • Zazie says:

      Loved your bandit haiku!

    • Flora says:

      Oh no, that is funny, but not if you love Bandit! (I do.)

  3. olenska says:

    Here’s mine for Caron Yatagan:

    Salt-cured lemon peel
    aged in a sarcophagus,
    infinitely dry.

    • FragrantWitch says:

      Don’t know the fragrance but love the haiku!

      • mjr says:

        Me too! I think I might order a bottle based on the haiku alone…

      • olenska says:

        Thanks! Yatagan is one sharp and pointy perfume. If you ever encounter it, it’s worth a sniff (though you may find yourself running for the hills afterward). :)

    • Jared says:

      Oh good one. I struggle with Yatagan…bought it blind and yikes. Every now and then I pull it out, but still struggle with it. Love the sarcophagus!

    • Rappleyea says:

      Love the image this conjures! Well done! You definitely make me want to sample this one.

    • olenska says:

      Thanks, folks. If any of you who are new to Yatagan end up trying it, I’d be curious to see what you think. I found it terribly startling at first, but it’s really grown on me.

      @Jared– I’ve struggled with it too! It’s such a difficult & challenging scent– definitely first in my “What the HELL?” perfume category. :)

      • mjr says:

        @Olenska: Yatagan has been on my radar for a while as a Caron masculine worth exploring (And Kevin wrote an extensive review of it a while back…) But your haiku clinched it and I ordered a bottle for a song today! Don’t worry, I won’t hold you personally responsible for my wreckless behavior LOL ;) But I will report back! And Rapple, I’ve got you down for a sample…Anyone else?

        • olenska says:

          Hee! Kevin’s review is one of the opinions that actually sold ME on it!… actually, when I got my decant of it, I recognized it as the signature fragrance of an old acquaintance– I had always wondered what he wore, but never asked. It was like a reunion for me. :)

    • Flora says:

      Oh, I adore Yatagan, great haiku for it!

  4. 50_Roses says:

    Ormonde Woman

    Out in the garden
    Leaves and roots, earth and blossoms
    Mingled together

    Shiseido Zen (original)

    Flickering firelight
    Cozy fleece, sipping cider
    Shelter from the cold

    • Chanterais says:

      Yum! These are both so perfect, and so lovely.

    • Isa says:

      Thanks to your haiku, now I really want to try the Ormonde Woman! :)

      • 50_Roses says:

        Oh, you really should. It is a wonderful fragrance, quite unlike anything else I have tried. The haiku was based on the mental impression I got the first time I smelled it.

  5. springpansy says:

    Jammy, berried rose
    Haunting spices lend their warmth
    Lovely sandalwood.

    (You probaby guessed, but it’s Bois de Paradis.)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      There’s an idea– it would be interesting to have to guess which perfume it is, wouldn’t it? :)

      This made me want to try BdP again.

      • springpansy says:

        Hi miss kitty – I do love BdP and I love it in the Body Creme the most. It’s just a bit smoother and less… in your face. I even wear it happily in warmer weather.

        • miss kitty v. says:

          I can see that one being perfect for a summer night.

          • ggperfume says:

            A summer night in the Sierras, maybe, where the nights still get cold. . .

          • miss kitty v. says:

            Well, I live in the northwest, so a warm day is unusual, much less a warm night.

          • ggperfume says:

            True! A summer night on the Northwest coast could use the warmth of BdP.

    • Daisy says:

      I knew it right away!!!! I love BdP as well, and you captured it perfectly!

  6. skrzypce says:

    Golden Elixir
    Perfection In A Bottle
    Timeless Shalimar

    • Julia says:

      I almost used “perfection in a bottle” for my second Shalimar haiku! So glad to see my love represented already.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Guerlain ought to pay you for this for their advertising!

  7. ScentScelf says:

    Lemon Ital’ ice
    extra syrup and a wink
    Little Italy

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Next time I wear Little Italy, if anyone asks what I’m wearing I’m going to respond with your haiku. ;) I’ll give credit where credit is due, of course.

      • ScentScelf says:

        See, I’m liking how you are winking already… :)

        rather, ;)


        • miss kitty v. says:

          Ha! Didn’t even catch that I did that!

  8. jepster says:

    on Savanna

    “You smell terrific”
    Flowers rise around me still
    memory is sweet

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I’m not familiar with Savanna, but now I want to be!

    • OperaFan says:

      Is this the Isabell Savanna? I wore it through most of the late ’90s, so beautiful and airy!

  9. Aparatchick says:

    Snow dances past the windows
    The samovar boils
    Enjoy your tea and vodka

    Ambre Russe

    • miss kitty v. says:

      That’s really great imagery!

      • Rappleyea says:

        I definitely agree! Love it.

  10. k-scott says:

    I really enjoyed this! I did 4 haikus for recent favorites. Two of them have six lines, 2 back to back haikus.

    A thousand roses
    Swaying on a dusty cliff
    In the morning sun.

    In the shaded forest
    Fallen pine needles are cool
    Beneath our bare feet.
    The warm smell of incense
    Drifts by us, ancient and pure,
    And we are at peace.

    A horse’s bottom
    Unexpectedly transforms
    Into soft cashmere.

    Tropical nightfall.
    The humid breeze caresses
    creamy white petals;
    the moonlit garden
    fills with the hypnotic scent
    of lush flowers.

    • Chanterais says:

      That ode to Dzing! is poetry for the ages. Delightful, and spot-on.

      • miss kitty v. says:

        And that’s exactly how I feel about horses! Well, maybe not the rear end specifically.

    • Rappleyea says:

      I love all of these K-Scott. Good job.

    • Julia says:

      I love your Dzing! haiku. I meant to get some stuff done this weekend but instead I keep wandering back to my computer to read these and then get inspired to write another one. This has been so much fun! Thanks Robin and Miss Kitty for hosting.

  11. Julia says:

    Shalimar my Love
    They call you an Old Lady
    You’re my Jazz Baby

    • Julia says:

      the love of a king
      white marble eternity
      a scent without time

    • meadowbliss says:

      Only you could have wound up on Shalimar Street. I still can’t get over that.

      • meadowbliss says:

        That post above is for you, Julia:)

      • Daisy says:

        It’s like some sort of Cosmic Justice, don’t you think? :-D

        • meadowbliss says:

          Yea? then I wonder what that means about the name of my street! LOL!

          • Julia says:

            You’re street name means SEXY!

          • Julia says:

            Or, using grammar, YOUR street name means sexy. Sigh….

    • FragrantWitch says:

      Shalimar is my all-time favourite! Love this haiku, perfect. In fact, both are. I would love to live on Shalimar Street, imagine if was fragranced!

      • FragrantWitch says:

        Whoops..meant to post under julia!

    • Zazie says:


    • Dixie says:

      Terrific Julia!!!

  12. CynthiaW says:

    Guerlain Pamplelune

    Grapefruit smells so good
    Wait, it’s not grapefruit at all
    But cat pee instead

    • ScentScelf says:


    • miss kitty v. says:

      I put on Miss Dior this morning and mere moments later thought, “Did one of the cats pee in here??” I’m glad that for whatever reason I don’t get cat pee from grapefruit (or honey, for that matter), but I do have to wonder if it’s what other people are smelling on me sometimes.

    • Dixie says:

      Ha!Ha!-I about fell out my chair!!!

  13. Haunani says:

    Oh these are wonderful! I’ll let you guess this one…

    I’m in Brittany
    Salt caresses earth-born blooms
    Chypre of my heart

    • Aparatchick says:

      I don’t know what it is, but I’m certain that I want a bottle.


      • Haunani says:

        Thanks! It’s Fleurs de Sel (Miller Harris).

        • Rappleyea says:

          Who’d have thought that my “to sample” list would have grown so much from a Haiku weekend?!?

          • Haunani says:

            Want to try some Fleurs de Sel? E-mail me at kolea(at)att(dot)net

  14. nozknoz says:

    Thanks for hosting, Miss Kitty – and what a great idea for a poll! The first two lines are found haiku on a 1970s Via Lanvin box.

    Via Lanvin

    a new way to feel,
    a new way to send your message
    when did new grow old?

    • AnnS says:

      That is awesome it was on the packaging! Good one!

      • nozknoz says:

        Wish I had a picture of that vintage promo box – big malachite dots and cut-outs on an ivory background – it’s so mod! :-)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I wish I could take credit for this, but it was Robin’s idea. I’m so impressed with how good everyone is at this. We are a witty bunch, us perfumistas.

      • nozknoz says:

        never miss Now Smell This
        laughter, the best medicine,
        perfume for the heart


  15. AnnS says:

    The above are so much fun to read! I would be hopeless at guessing which ones they are if the fragrance wasn’t in the title though!

    Cristalle edp

    Ctirus green warm heart
    Summer is crisp elegant
    glad I found you now

    SSS Velvet Rose

    Roses are dreamy
    My real garden is too small
    No space but on my skin

    AG Heure Exquise

    Galbanum my friend
    intoxicating sweet rose
    you are so lovely


    Wake me up right now
    After lunch so hot dreary
    Zesty cool like pool

    • AnnS says:

      ack – mistake – it is supposed to say “no space but on skin” ;-)

      • Julia says:

        I love the image of space on skin. Great line.

    • nozknoz says:

      These are all lovely, and I am especially enchanted by the idea in the SSS Vintage Rose haiku!

  16. Chanterais says:

    In honour of Ormonde Jayne’s shimmeringly beautiful Frangipani, and the ludicrously hot weather here in London right now:

    Luminous petals
    Flutter shyly in sunlight,
    Distract from boob sweat.

    • Robin says:

      LOL! Excellent.

    • Erin says:

      Gorgeous fragrance and “Distract from boob sweat” is probably the best haiku line ever.

      • miss kitty v. says:

        I have a feeling we’ll all be talking about the boob sweat for many months to come. :) I think that made quite an impression.

        • Chanterais says:

          I am so very sorry about the boob sweat memories. I’m worried that I’ve spoiled Frangipani for everyone now. Instead of thinking about lovely plumeria blossoms, you’re going to be thinking about tropical bosoms in dire need of some Gold Bond powder.

          Still, if you’re so hot you’re dripping, I can personally vouch for the fact that Frangipani is a wonderful friend to have on hand.

          • Rappleyea says:

            No don’t apologize – that line is a classic! A very humid 90 degrees here yesterday, so I can relate!

          • miss kitty v. says:

            No, you really don’t have to apologize! I thought that was great!

    • Dawnkana says:

      Ohhh, I am ready to order this just based on your haiku. :)

      • Chanterais says:

        Dooooo! OJ’s whole line is incredible, but Frangipani tops the lot of them. It doesn’t smell like anything else out there, and is as likeable as all get-out. I may come across someone who doesn’t love it one day, but personally, I wouldn’t care to know them. The kind of people who don’t like Frangipani are the kind of people who kick puppies. Or pinch babies. Or eat your last triangle of Toblerone. Terrible people, in short. Don’t trust ’em for a second. ;-)

        • meadowbliss says:

          Love your mean descriptions:) I personally love Tolu.

          • Chanterais says:

            I adore Tolu too. It doesn’t seem to get as much love as some of OJ’s florals, but it’s probably my favourite of all Linda Pilkington’s scents. A pity it doesn’t do so well in warm weather, but it’s marvellous when it starts to get chilly out. If Tolu is the universe’s compensation for cold winter weather, I consider that a very fair exchange. ;-)

  17. Julia says:

    is that a barnyard
    leather spice toffee musk wood
    dzing! to the circus

    • meadowbliss says:

      My ‘almost’ favorite–Dzing!

  18. Haunani says:

    A mini tribute to another one of my favorites, Hologram by Neil Morris…

    Burst of yuzu gold
    Juicy core of purple pulp
    Warm amber lingers

    Noticing that the haiku form works well with fragrance pyramids! :-)

    • nozknoz says:

      Wow – never thought of that: perfume is haiku!

  19. Julia says:

    sanguine lead crystal
    a rose with thorns on pale skin
    Lyric she whispered

  20. fluffypuppy says:

    Citrussey goodness
    precedes chypre base. Chanel,
    “Pour Monsier”?? :( Pour Moi!!

    • Chanterais says:

      LOVE IT. More haikus ought to have outraged emoticons in ’em. Actually, emoticons are, in their own visual way, little emotional haikus themselves, aren’t they?

      • fluffypuppy says:

        Thank you, Chanterais. But nothing tops boob sweat, it just can’t be done. :)

  21. Lavandula says:

    L’Heure Exquise

    Sky was grey and blue
    Tell me what color are You?
    Colors of silence

    • Lavandula says:

      I meant Heure Exquise!!! hahaha I have taken two names of two different perfumes and mixed them up:))

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Which is funny, because I feel like either one could work!

      • Rappleyea says:

        Exactly! That easily could have been L’Heure Bleue.

  22. Haunani says:

    O Amaranthine!
    Flower born of corruption
    Our thighs sing your praise


    • miss kitty v. says:

      I’m glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read this, because it would have come out my nose! :)

    • meadowbliss says:

      You naughty lady! I love it!!

    • Jill says:

      LOL … wonderful!

    • AnnS says:

      NICE! snort. ;-)

    • Zazie says:

      Lol!!! I’d love my thighs to sing! Especially since bikini days are approaching. I’ll try lovely Amaranthine for a miracle. I need one!

    • nozknoz says:

      Perfect! :-)

    • Rappleyea says:


      • Rappleyea says:

        Although my thighs are more warbling than singing….

  23. ednafrau says:

    what a WONDERUL post!!! i love the concept! and many of these haikus are pure poetry, so beautiful and evocative. i admire you all!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Goes to show you what kind of art will arise out of the love of our muse, Perfume. :) There’s so much talent here. Notice I haven’t posted anything.

  24. ednafrau says:

    wonderFul :)

    i wasn’t going to, but here’s one dedicated to my shiseido zen (white):

    a yesterday rose
    the incense of future dreams
    fleeting yet lasting

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Glad you gave in the temptation of haiku writing. ;)

      • ednafrau says:

        thank you, miss kitty v :D i’d never written a haiku in my life (and i don’t know if i dare classify what i wrote as one), but i couldn’t not participate in this amazing proposal ;) cheers!

        • Julia says:

          Great job! Isn’t it fun? I love the structure and simplicity of haiku. It helps you focus on what you really want to say and is apparently a great medium for perfumistas to express their love. These are all so great!

          • ednafrau says:

            yes! there is something about the simplicity and minimalism of haikus that is so effective…it can evoke images and feelings and sensations and sometimes impact with few words more than a hundred paragraphs! “less is more” seems to apply (though not always to perfume itself ;))
            what a wonderful way to spend this sunday morning!

  25. meadowbliss says:

    desert night winds blow
    Moroccan moon smiling down
    sweet sultry sultan

    L’ air de desert marocain

    • Zazie says:

      Love your take on L’Air… so beautiful!

    • Julia says:

      Oooh – now I have to go put some on!

  26. Jill says:


    warm pipe tobacco
    anise on my collarbone
    I need to be kissed!

    • AnnS says:

      Aw, that’s so pretty!

      • Jill says:

        Aimez-Moi makes me feel romantic. :)

    • Haunani says:

      Love this! I need to re-try that fragrance.

    • Dixie says:

      Just lovely!

    • ajuarez says:

      Apres L’Ondee
      (from Perfumes Guide A-z)

      First class funeral
      a pinch of thyme, rosemary, sage
      discreet hint of eathly pleasures
      makes him smile through its tears.

  27. ajuarez says:

    L’Heure Bleue

    sweet melting pralines, bulks of caramels
    wet flower aromas after a thunderstorm captivating the air
    slices of a ripe pineapple served with aged wine

    • miss kitty v. says:

      After reading that, if you put a bottle of L’Heure Bleue in front of me I would drink it.

    • Julia says:

      This makes me sad that I don’t get pralines from L’HB! It is so moody and serious on me.

  28. Zazie says:

    My three favorite fragrances…

    title: Une fleur de Cassie entre les doigts

    Womanly, feline
    Her ruby lips are laughing
    Her nails are scratching

    Where Carnal Flowers bloom

    lush foliage stirs
    humid nights are warm and long
    lazy is the breeze
    Beyond love? Sex!

    My wool coat itches!
    Silk gowns tickle! Leave me bare!
    Just a drop here, dear…

    P.S. please excuse me if I didn’t count syllables right!

    • nozknoz says:

      Wonderful, especially Beyond Love – whoever wrote the Kilian L’oeuvre noire PR should be green with envy!

      • Julia says:

        I think the person who writes the Killian copy is constitutionally incapable of something so simple and beautiful. Here is my attempt at a Killian-style haiku:

        Jay-z in the light
        Daytona 500 dreams
        Humanity weeps ;)

    • Rappleyea says:

      Wow, Zazie! You have a talent for this. Great job!

  29. Zazie says:

    Like for Serge Lutens, I beleive the Guerlains calling my name are hidden inside Paris boutiques… However, Guerlains are fragrances that make me dream. And two of them simply love my skin. So I love them back. Nahéma was one of my biggest scrubbers, but at least it was one worth respect.


    When the moon is black
    Siamese fur, wings of bat
    Ready for the SABBATH!!!


    bad, bad girl you are
    smoking, loving, all night long…
    May I follow you?
    Nahéma hits the streets

    rose flavored gadgets
    pink lipstick and silicone
    10 bucks for a drive

    • ajuarez says:

      I love all the Guerlains as well;
      I’m curious see Chanel no. 5…anyone?

    • Jill says:

      I’m in love with all of these, but especially the Jicky one!

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Same here. I wish I got that effect wearing Jicky.

    • Julia says:

      I love your Shalimar haiku! She does smoke and love all night….

  30. Zazie says:

    Last but not least, a fragrance that marvels me. And clears my synuses, which is useful, especially as it also smells soooo good..

    *L’air du désert marocain…*

    Dizzy stars, soft sand,
    we sink into the cold night
    whispering love words

    • meadowbliss says:

      Talent shining through here. I love your haiku. I’m trying to post but it’s storming here in the mountains and erasing my comments.
      10 bucks a drive!
      Goodby Nahema:)

    • Chanterais says:

      Oh god, I absolutely love this one. Wonderful, wonderful.

  31. Jill says:

    Everybody is doing a fabulous job with these — this is so fun!

    Ambre Narguile

    torn cashmere sweater
    cat in the nook of my arm
    winter feels so sweet

    • meadowbliss says:

      Love this–so evocative.

    • Julia says:

      I just received my first sample of AN and you have described it so perfectly. I can’t wait to wear it this fall.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Oh! This is so endearing!

  32. maggiecat says:

    OK ajuarez…

    Chanel Number 5
    Special occasions only?
    No! Every day!

    Not my best work, but i’ve been cleaning out the garage all day…

    • nozknoz says:

      This one could be the perfumista pledge of allegiance! :-)

      • ggperfume says:

        It’s certainly my pledge.

  33. 50_Roses says:

    Aimez Moi

    Pretty violets
    Dancing in an amber field
    Singing happy songs

  34. 50_Roses says:

    Feminite du Bois

    Mystic cedar forest
    Warm and deep, beckons softly
    Enraptures my heart

    • miss kitty v. says:

      50 Roses, maybe I should send my Aimez-Moi and Feminite de Bois to come stay with you for a while. You seem to be a better influence on them. You could start 50 Roses Finishing School for Wayward Perfumes.

      • 50_Roses says:

        The Aimez Moi is a new purchase, but I am liking it very much. It makes me smile. Feminite du Bois is one of the very few scents that have been love at first sniff. I absolutely could not leave the store without buying a bottle.

        • miss kitty v. says:

          I need to give both of them another try, given your descriptions of them.

    • Rappleyea says:

      That was beautiful! Doesn’t happen on my skin though. :-(

  35. mjr says:

    Après La Mousson

    Soaked to the bone now
    Blazing steam rising from streets
    Littered with melons

    • 50_Roses says:

      I am not familiar with this scent, but the mental picture you created with that haiku is terrific!

    • Chanterais says:


  36. mjr says:

    Azzaro pour homme

    Traversing fougère to peat
    Lemon arms embrace
    Gasp! Your trickery…

    • mjr says:

      Oops, two lines got switched. This should read:

      Lemon arms embrace
      Traversing fougère to peat
      Gasp! Your trickery…

  37. mjr says:

    Atelier Trefle Pur

    Green grass slaps my face
    Wake up now! Come out and play!
    Brightness. Freshness. Smile.

    • Dawnkana says:

      Very good. :)

    • Rappleyea says:

      Excellent verses, but then I’d expect no less of you my dear! :-)

      • mjr says:

        Aww, thanks! This poll is inspiring, isn’t it? :)

  38. Jared says:


    Golden aura of
    leather autumn. The souls of
    leaves are departing.

    • meadowbliss says:

      Oh, Jared, my sample of Derby is on its way! This makes it all the more alluring…leaves departing. Wonderful.

      • Jared says:

        The fragrance really is a playground of shades of brown and gold. Even the juice itself is a fantastic dark brown, which probably inspired me! A Guerlain leather…fantastic.

        • Dawnkana says:

          I now must sniff Derby on my next outing to the Guerlain boutique.

        • Rappleyea says:

          I can’t believe I call myself a Guerlie Girl and I’ve never even sniffed Derby! You make this sound divine, Jared.

          • Jared says:

            That is surprising! But I do feel it’s one of the more masculine Guerlains, so maybe it is to be expected. But do try it- I’d like to hear your opinion as a knowledgeable Guerlain girl!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Oh, that’s beautiful! Wow!

  39. vinery says:

    Here are mine:

    Alabaster rose
    Disdained by perfumistas
    Lonely Teint de Neige

    Behind her green mask
    Bandit appraises the crowd
    Who will she choose next?

    The girl holds her nose
    As Madame Rochas passes
    Silliness of youth

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I can actually see images in my head of each of these. You could do a series of paintings just based on your haikus.

    • nozknoz says:

      Love them all, especially the one for Madame Rochas, which really has that classic haiku twist and reminds me to wear MR again! ;-)

    • Isa says:

      Poor lonely Teint de Neige :(
      But I love it! It was love at first sniff.

      • vinery says:

        I love it too! I adore my bottle and don’t ever want to be without it.

  40. Jared says:

    Une Fleur de Cassie

    Rising from puddled
    earth her female wetness lies
    ready to receive.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Note to self: need to try Une Fleur de Cassie.

    • Zazie says:

      I love your take on UFdC.
      I worship my bottle as if it were a true work of art rather than just a perfume.

    • Tama says:

      Need to try that one, methinks.

  41. Joe says:

    Can’t wait to read all these. The few I’ve looked at are great. Here are a few more…

    ELdO Tilda Swinton Like This
    Citrine pulp aloft.
    Ginger buzz everlasting.
    Smell like this? Gladly.

    * * *
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Night in Araby.
    Resinous sweet smoke mirage.
    A tear. Sultans weep.

    * * *
    L’Heure Bleue
    A garden party.
    A flapper’s pearls swing. Bright spats.
    Now, an epitaph.

    • ggperfume says:

      Good work, Joe. I especially like the l’Heure Bleue.

    • Dawnkana says:

      Joe… I am digging all 3 of those. :)


    • Haunani says:

      Fantastic! Love the word choices for Like This.

      • meadowbliss says:

        Inventive, Joe. Bright spats at the garden party!

  42. Jared says:

    L’Air du Desert Marocain

    The world has a soul.
    Some Wise Men know how to find
    it and hear it speak.

    • nozknoz says:


    • Rappleyea says:

      Jared, I think this may be my personal favorite. :-)

    • Tama says:

      Love this one – so true.

      • Jared says:

        I aim to be a Wise Man :)

        • Rappleyea says:

          I’m aiming for a Wise Wo-Man (in this life at least!) ;-)

  43. redscorpio says:

    Dark and spicy dreams
    A Cossack rides through snowfields
    A warm fire awaits

    PdE Ambre Russe

    Sorry, not too good at this! And it is Sunday morning for me!

    • meadowbliss says:

      This is beautiful, you are very good at this!

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Yeah, really! Seriously, if you want to see someone who’s not good at this, let me loose. That was fantastic.

    • mjr says:

      Ooo I love yours. I felt compelled to write about AR, too.

  44. kaos.geo says:

    CK One

    Leather seats
    Violet air freshener
    Your citrus skin.

    Banana Republic (classic for men)

    Miami tanned
    I nuzzle your neck
    oh! New money!

    • meadowbliss says:

      I love it! New money!

  45. Joe says:

    Muscs Kublaï Khan
    Conjure sex on legs.
    I love you! I love you not!
    Sex?! Perhaps ripe cheese instead…

    • Joe says:

      Messed up that last line…

      Muscs Kublaï Khan
      Conjure sex on legs.
      I love you! I love you not!
      Sex?! Perhaps ripe cheese!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I really want to print this out and tape it to the MKK bottle at my local perfume shop. :) But I don’t want to get 86ed.

      Oddly, I was eating some spiced olives earlier, and thought, “What do these remind me of…? Muscs Kublai Khan!!!!” How do you continue eating something after that?

      • I think castoreum smells like olives.

        • miss kitty v. says:

          Oddly, these olives weren’t anything like olives. They tasted a little more like peppers, and must have had a heavy dose of cumin in them, maybe some other curry spices. They were good, but… had a definite armpit thing going on.

  46. Dawnkana says:

    Osmanthe Yunnan
    Darkness disappears
    My heart is turning cartwheels
    Overcome with joy

    • Haunani says:

      Nice one. That is SUCH a happy fragrance!

      • Dawnkana says:

        Thank you. :)

        It really is joyfulness in a bottle. It’s my go to happy scent.


  47. Dawnkana says:

    Miel de Bois
    Soaking wet diaper
    Scent of urine fills my nose
    On this hot moist day

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Oh, but it’s true!

  48. caprica says:

    thierry muglers,
    damn rubber bottle cover,
    three sprays stuns wildlife

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I might have to use “three sprays stuns wildlife” as my reminder to not overdo. I love it.

      • caprica says:

        And in the case of A*Men (and its pesky rubber bottle cover!), it’s absolutely true!

  49. Jared says:


    Amazing things can
    happen in the space between
    erotic bodies.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Jared, hopefully your Fracas doesn’t hook up with Rapple’s bottle of Femme. :) (See her post below.) They both sound like trouble.

      • Jared says:

        Ha, yeah! I’m starting to notice a theme here….

      • Rappleyea says:


      • Dixie says:

        It’s getting hot in here…..

    • Tama says:

      Makes me wish I liked Fracas!!

  50. sweetonpink says:

    [Dior Addict]

    Addict is my name
    Unholy complexity
    I have slipped again

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I almost feel like this could apply to all perfumes! Oh, the addiction, the senseless buying, the repeated lapse in judgment…

      • sweetonpink says:

        Yes! Every time I wear Addict I think of new reasons why it’s such a fitting name for the perfume. Then, the next day it’s another perfume and my heart waxes poetic all over again. I was geekily excited for this haiku thread, I have to admit. I majored in poetry in college, then promptly went into the veterinary field, so I’ve got creative urges quite unsatisfied these days. :)

        • miss kitty v. says:

          Yes, I suppose the chances to combine poetry and veterinary medicine are far and few.

          • Rappleyea says:

            He’s back from training.
            Oh no! A cut on his leg
            Will he make the race?

  51. caprica says:

    just one green bottle,
    Daub daub daub, and never rub,
    “What smells like a church?”

    • nozknoz says:

      Cool haiku! But I can’t think of an incense perfume in a green bottle – not the CdG incense series, not Messe de Minuit – please do tell us!

      • caprica says:

        Ah, apologies for keeping you in unintended suspense.

        “What smells like a church?” was the unfortunate comment that I got one of the first times I wore Gucci Envy (for men). I don’t think she liked it much…

        • nozknoz says:

          That’s so funny – great haiku! I used have a sample of that and loved the sesame note.

  52. 50_Roses says:

    Amouage Gold

    Golden dawn in the
    Garden of my fantasies
    1000 flowers bloom

  53. 50_Roses says:


    Mischievous gamine
    Laughing eyes and dancing feet
    Breaking endless hearts!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I’m really afraid that Givenchy is going to steal this from you! If the perfume companies were smart, they’d start hiring all of you to do their ad copy.

  54. 50_Roses says:

    A tribute (?) to perhaps my LEAST favorite perfume:

    Fruity patchouli
    Chocolate melange–get thee
    behind me Angel!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Oh, I’m with you on that one! Excellent.

  55. guerlaingirl says:

    Here are my attempts:

    Rough to wrap my nose
    Around this peach must skin scent
    Guerlain Mitsouko

    Cedar closet closes.
    Sad violets trapped within
    Dreaming of soft loamy earth.

    (Bois de Violette)

    • mjr says:

      Lovely! I especially like the second one… :)

  56. guerlaingirl says:

    BTW, I love Hokusai! this is a great image. Thanks!

  57. Tama says:

    After a spring rain
    the scent of sad violets
    and library paste

    (Apres l’Ondee)

  58. claresparkle says:

    I LOVED Shalimar
    Lush and sweet, so heavenly
    Now new formula

  59. Tama says:

    I am so loving all of these! I would comment individually, but I would be here all day – I can’t pick a favorite. All delightful.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I should have had you fill in for me when I was taking a nap! ;)

  60. Winifrieda says:

    the cosmic empress
    timetraveller immortal
    perfect Mitsouko

    • miss kitty v. says:


    • Rappleyea says:

      “cosmic empress” – what a great line!

    • Chanterais says:

      Perfection. Thank you for this!

  61. popcarts says:

    Iris Silver Mist

    Crystalline morning
    Forty carrots in the snow
    I will marry you

    • Haunani says:

      Cool! I love this one!

      • popcarts says:

        As soon as I posted it I realized that this is perhaps more fitting:

        Crystalline daybreak
        Forty carrots in the snow
        I will marry you

        • Haunani says:

          Beautiful either way!

          • Dawnkana says:

            I agree. :)


  62. mjr says:

    I should be doing many other things right now…but oh this is way too much fun! Here’s another:

    In honor of AnnS*

    Le Cinq de Chanel
    Seized in the dark and honeyed
    Enigmatic dream.

    *(AnnS brought me into the world of No. 5) :)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Glad Ann S. lured you in, or we’d never have had the pleasure of reading this. :)

    • AnnS says:

      M- I know this is waay late – but shucks – I’m honored. I’m glad to brought you over to the magnificent world of old No 5.

  63. mjr says:

    Ambre Russe

    Aghast! When the cold
    Frosty void steals my body
    Your fire revives.

    • redscorpio says:

      Excellent! AR is such a great winter scent, definitely evocative of snow and fireplaces!

  64. mjr says:

    CGG Kyoto

    Meditate on snow
    Falling on cypress trees, smoke
    Wafting through branches.

    • meadowbliss says:

      Oh, you touched my heart.

    • Rappleyea says:

      You are very talented at this, M.

    • Chanterais says:

      I can see it! I can smell it!

      Thank you for that wonderful17-syllable winter journey to Japan. I loved every second of it.

  65. lilybug says:

    Such clever people! Well done on all the creativity!

    Mine is for perfume in general ;)

    Money flows away
    As I greedily sniff wrists
    Goodbye retirement

    • 50_Roses says:

      They call me crazy
      ‘Cause I spend more on perfume
      Than I do on food

      Thanks Robin and Miss Kitty! This has been a lot of fun. I hope to see another poll like this sometime (soon?)

      Sitting in my den
      Writing haiku endlessly
      On a Saturday

    • Joe says:

      Love this! Hilarious!

    • Haunani says:

      Great stuff, 50_Roses!

  66. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Celebrity Perfume

    Cats’ fate didn’t stop me.
    Now I need a root canal.
    And they call that patch?

    New Abstract Parfum

    It will be so vile
    That one feels they must love it
    Costs more than your rent.

    Ode to Fracas (which I love)

    Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink
    Did I mention pink, pink, pink?
    Don’t like me? Too bad. :)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      The New Abstract Perfume is dead-on. Nailed it.

    • Zazie says:

      I love your take on Fracas, it’s brilliant!
      (Though I do not see it pink, I see what you mean ;) )

  67. lilydale aka Natalie says:

    I can’t top boob sweat — who can? — but here are my offerings:

    F-you, schlumpy moms
    Simpering at the playground
    I smoke and wear heels

    Gasoline-soaked lust
    Eyes on the road, Sergio
    And hands on the wheel

    Dim lights, flared nostrils
    Petals strewn on silk cushions
    Am-scray, eunuchs-ay!

    Evil witch doctors
    Concocting their tarry sludge
    Hold the mustard, please

    Midnight messiness
    Holiday candle in a
    Gift shop nightmare

    • Dawnkana says:


      That Bandit haiku is brilliant. :)


      • miss kitty v. says:

        They’re all brilliant! I really wish I had written the Bandit one. So perfect.

    • mjr says:

      Love these, natalie, especially the one for Bandit!

      • Dawnkana says:

        MJR….. you don’t happen to be the Mjr I was supposed to send Oiro to? If you are, please contace me at dawnkana at yahoo dot com. I lost your email that you sent me and I have a sample of the Oiro ready to go for you.


        • mjr says:

          Why yes, I believe I am, Dawn! Will write to you again shortly… Thanks for remembering (I myself had forgotten and can’t seem to find the e-mail I sent to you…Eerie!)

    • sweetonpink says:

      Bravo! All are excellent.

    • Rappleyea says:

      I love your edginess, Natalie!

    • Tama says:

      These are awesome – love the Bandit!

  68. Haunani says:

    With apologies in advance…

    Say, can you Can Can?
    I have tried and I cannot.
    Can Paris Hilton?

  69. Dawnkana says:

    The Elusive Holy Grail Scent…..

    That holy grail scent
    One hundred bottles later
    I am no closer

    • 50_Roses says:

      How about:

      Oh my Holy Grail–
      I will wear no other scent
      Until the next HG

      • Zazie says:

        Both of you are so right…

  70. 50_Roses says:

    Am I going crazy?
    Now I find myself thinking
    In five-seven-five

    Really, this has been a lot of fun, and I would love to see a follow-up to this poll. Someone suggested limericks, which could be a lot of fun. Does anyone else have an idea?

    • Dawnkana says:

      If you are going crazy, then so am I.

      I have had so much fun reading the haiku’s and participating with some of my own.

      I had not written a haiku since grade school. Now suddenly I am addicted to it.

      5-7-5 Cheers to you.


    • 50_Roses says:

      Oops! That first line should read:

      Have I gone crazy?
      Now I find myself thinking
      In five-seven-five

      I might add:

      Help! Someone save me
      From this haiku writing bug
      That has obsessed me

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Hey, when you find something you’re good at… :)

      • Rappleyea says:

        YES!! I went to sleep thinking about these and I woke up thinking about them! These are strangely addictive!

    • Zazie says:

      yes it would be very nice to have a follow up!
      BTW, I would be curious to know which fragrances have be most inspiring for us perfumistas.
      From what I read so far I feel several classic guerlains, few Piguets, Malle and Andy Tauer had more than one entry… but I didn’t properly count. It would be nice to know at the end!
      IMO, it has something to do with which fragrances make us dream the most…

  71. Rappleyea says:

    She travels alone
    A sad bouquet clutched tightly
    Widow? Jilted bride?

    Glasses raised in toast
    Celebration alfresco
    Let’s dance in the woods

    Lemonade in hand
    I stroll through lavender fields
    Sweet vanilla for dessert

    • Dawnkana says:

      Wow, those are great Rappleyea.

      I am especially loving the haiku’s for VdN and CdB.


      • Rappleyea says:

        Thanks Dawn. :-D

        And I love your ode to the Holy Grail.

    • Zazie says:

      beautiful verses…

      I am especially touched by your Vol de Nuit and Jicky.
      Both ring so true.
      Your Vol de Nuit deserves a prize.

      • Rappleyea says:

        Awww, thanks! :-)

        • meadowbliss says:

          Yes, I agree – VdN is my favorite (today) Guerlain.

      • Haunani says:

        I agree! That’s a beauty, Rap!

    • mjr says:

      I love all three of these, Rapple! And your Jicky haiku reminds me again that I’m still on the hunt down to try this definitive classic! You make it sound even better than I could have imagined… :)

      • Rappleyea says:

        Coming your way…. ;-)

  72. Minnie says:

    I think I’m too late, but I couldn’t resist this ingenious post. Thank you Miss Kitty V:


    When a teenage girl
    I sprayed with abandon. Now
    I smell burnt plastic.

    Michael by Michael Kors

    This one my sexy
    Chinese co-worker likes. I
    wear it all the time.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Again, wish I could take credit for this. And no, you’re not too late. :) We’ll be here all weekend, folks!

  73. Rappleyea says:

    It’s late so I’m assuming the children are in bed. This one is not PG…

    Skin still damp with sweat
    She lies spent and languorous
    Post-coital bliss falls

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Rapple, I’m not even sure I’M old enough to read that one! LOL!

      • Rappleyea says:

        LOL! You might be like me – TOO old!

        • miss kitty v. says:

          Sadly, I think you’re right!

    • Tama says:

      I think I’m going to be mad at my mom for tossing the bottle of Femme she got in France.

    • Zazie says:

      I need to try Femme!

  74. Haunani says:

    For Chergui…

    A pipe not yet smoked
    Sweet kisses in the hayloft
    Let the warm winds come

    • sweetonpink says:

      Ooh, I love this!

      • Zazie says:

        Let the warm winds come…

        sooo beautiful

        • meadowbliss says:

          Haunani—so beautiful, you charmer!

    • Rappleyea says:

      Love your imagery, H. You’re very good!

      • Haunani says:

        Thanks! And I like yours! This is fun. I’ve never done haiku, and I’m not a writer, but there’s something liberating about working within a strict format like this. It’s like a game!

    • Julia says:

      Aw, Chergui is fast becoming a warm weather favourite for me. I wore it to a football game and it smelled so clean and good.

    • Chanterais says:

      Gorgeous, gorgeous!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      H– I really, really love this. Sometimes there are words or images that make you nostalgic for something that you never experienced, and your haiku did that for me. Even if I didn’t love Chergui (which I do), it still would have been very affecting.

      • Haunani says:

        Neat! I really need to get myself a bottle of Chergui.

        • miss kitty v. says:

          You and me both! I’ve been trying to show some restraint. We’ll see how long that lasts. :(

  75. asuperlongusername says:

    I decided, at least, to do one for my SOTD:

    Vintage Bellodgia. Can’t make up my mind. Oh well. I have a good 15-20 ml.

    Are you soap, flower?
    Carnation Heaven or Dove?
    Hard-to-come-by love.

    Then Joy. I’ve never liked it and a good few skin tests showed me why.

    Floral Symphony
    The lushness of thousand blooms
    Played octaves too high.

    • Zazie says:

      Love both haikus!
      I have the feeling that Joy will have the same effect on me!!!

    • nozknoz says:

      I do love vintage Joy with its animalic base notes, but this captures quite perfectly why a many other floral scents drive me away! :-)

    • 50_Roses says:

      You’ve perfectly captured why I have never taken to Joy. I have sampled it many times, and it is beautiful and lush, but I always thought it was too high-pitched. I prefer Amouage Gold, which seems to me to be in a lower octave.

  76. L says:

    Wind sweeps grassy dunes
    Inhale deep then let it out
    Kiss my salty skin

  77. sweetonpink says:

    [Tom Ford Black Orchid]

    Thumbprint in the dust
    On her vanity table
    She’ll not be back soon

    • kaos.geo says:

      Love this. The loneliness of the image paired with my memory of the image creates quite a contrast. Thank you ;-)

    • Rappleyea says:

      I wish it did that on my skin! Great haiku!

    • Haunani says:

      Ooh, such a great mental image!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Ooh, that’s perfect! I get in image in my head of Greta Garbo as the woman in this.

      • Garbo, yes, perfect! I’ve always felt that Black Orchid is a touch too sophisticated for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it as an impostor once in awhile.

        • miss kitty v. says:

          You do sort of have to play a role when you wear it, but it’s a fun role to play!

  78. FragrantWitch says:


    Lazy blue smoke swirls
    Prohibition jazz music
    Moves with abandon

    • Jared says:

      Nice! I have a jazz association with Shalimar as well!

  79. fluffypuppy says:

    Just Me? No, not you
    Paris Hilton; your scents sucks.
    I meant Montana.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Poor Paris doesn’t get any love here, does she? ;)

  80. L says:

    Bravo scent lovers
    Late night / wee morning haiku
    Does perfume justice

    • miss kitty v. says:

      It really does…

  81. Jared says:

    Une Rose

    Mandala of pink
    geometric locus of
    fruit and wine kisses

    • L says:

      Wow. Way to sum up a scent experience. I’m loving that one.

      • Jared says:

        Thanks- I still can’t decide if I like the scent yet or not! I sampled it for the first time yesterday. It’ll be a showdown between Une Rose and Nahema at some point.

        • Haunani says:

          Neat one, Jared. I love Une Rose (MUCH better than Nahema, IMO).

  82. Jared says:

    Muscs Kublai Khan

    The exotic can
    seem terribly Other, but
    really it’s just me.

    • L says:

      Ha! Sounds like you’re coming to terms with your, um, own muscs? Self-acceptance is an important step in a perfumista’s journey…

      • Jared says:

        Ha! All of those beastly musks are just what we smell like anyway, minus the amenities and cover-ups. At the very least, certain situations lend themselves to those scents.

  83. Gabriel says:

    A black birch tar grave
    For a hundred thousand
    Funeral roses.

    Montale- Black Aoud

    • Rappleyea says:

      That could almost be Voleur de Roses too.

      • Julia says:

        Yes, it could. Yet I love VdR and cannot wear the Montale. Oud can be such a funny thing. Sometimes it is overwhelmingly antiseptic like a big bandaid, and other times it radiates and illuminates the notes paired with it.

        Elusive agar
        Do you play well with others?
        Sometimes check minus*

        *I don’t think they give check minus anymore – in the olden days it meant you did your work, just not very well.

        The precious oud wood
        So popular this season
        The new pink pepper?

        • meadowbliss says:

          I predict in the future a rose who shimmers and
          outshines Shalimar for you.

  84. debbie says:

    (Jolie Madam)

    Spray, perfume, delight
    sweet, leather, flowery, juice
    reminicence, youth

    • debbie says:

      Dont think i have done it right-we didnt do these at school!

      • L says:

        Hi Debbie,

        Actually, I think you’ve done it just right, and nicely captured Madame in the process. Isn’t this fun?

      • miss kitty v. says:

        You did a great job, no one would ever know you were a first-timer! I have to admit, when Robin first brought this up I had to do two things: 1.) look up haiku structure, and 2.) re-learn how to count syllables. :( I clearly would never win Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.

      • Julia says:

        You get a check plus!

  85. L says:

    Bolster my resolve
    Galvanizing green 19
    Ramrod for my spine

    • Rappleyea says:

      OMG – I love your last line!

  86. caprica says:

    My favourite perfum review of all time is the one Tania Sanchez wrote of Britney’s ‘Curious’ in ‘Perfumes (the A-Z Guide)’. Some of Tania’s phrases can be teased into pretty good haiku:

    Crass fruity floral
    radiates like nuclear waste,
    children’s cough syrup.

    Dangling heart-shape charms,
    Oh! Bland, inoffensive thing!,
    crude charms of your star!

  87. Rappleyea says:

    I’m obsessed now! Three more….

    Smugglers’ ships bearing
    Casks of vanilla and rum
    Sweet and forbidden

    Green maiden facade
    Hiding a passionate heart
    Warm and seductive

    And to my least favorite scent of all…. PULP
    Greedy child vomits
    After eating too much fruit
    I must go shower

    • meadowbliss says:

      Cannot stop laughing over Pulp! HV fits well for SDV, too. I applaud you for your crazy ingenuity.

      • Rappleyea says:

        Thank you! This is so much fun too. :-D

    • miss kitty v. says:

      You do know that I’ll never be able to wear Pulp again, right? LOL!

      • Rappleyea says:

        I can’t imagine why you’d want to! ;-)

    • Julia says:

      I love “I must go shower.” Sometimes I question my sanity while waiting for the water to get warm enough to get the stench of something I sprayed on myself out of my pores. Or when I can’t wait to wash off the six or eight different perfumes I’m already wearing so I can test out the new ones that just came in the mail.

    • mjr says:

      Oh you’re good! LMAO at Pulp! ;)

  88. bowbat says:

    shimmering apple
    I want to love you; instead
    I smell like Pampers

    • nozknoz says:

      Thank you – I SO wanted to love it for that bottle!

  89. RusticDove says:

    I was away yesterday and just now got to read through these. Fantastic job everyone!! What a cool bunch o’ folks. :-)

    • caprica says:

      I know – seriously! I’ve started dumping all my real friends by email and telling people that I only want to hang around with perfumistas!

      You guys rock!

      • RusticDove says:

        You’re SO right Caprica – Perfumistas can’t be beat. ;-)

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Caprica, you made the right decision!

    • Rappleyea says:

      Ahem…. Dove, we’re waiting for your entries. The weekend is still young! ;-)

      • RusticDove says:

        Oh no Rapple – I have no talent for this sort of thing. I just can’t write worth a toot. But I’ve sure enjoyed yours and all the rest!

      • RusticDove says:

        What the heck – I can embarrass myself amongst friends.

        The divine Miss M.
        She’s not for the faint of heart.
        Cause she’s a bad ass.

        • nozknoz says:

          That’s just what I love about her!

        • Rappleyea says:

          I KNEW you could do it! Good job!! I love the reference to the Divine Miss M.

        • miss kitty v. says:


          • meadowbliss says:

            Perfection, RusticDove!

        • RusticDove says:

          Well, I don’t have a talent for writing, but silly – that I can do.

          • Haunani says:

            I think silly puts us halfway there. Love the Mitsouko haiku!

        • Dixie says:


  90. FragrantWitch says:

    This is definitely addictive… I am so impressed by all of these. Have definitely added some fragrances to my ‘must-sniff’ list!

  91. FragrantWitch says:

    Another effort..
    Verveine – Hove Perfumeur

    The fan stirs sultry air
    Strains of sidewalk blues drift in
    The Big Easy, baby

    • nozknoz says:

      Now I must try this one!

      • FragrantWitch says:

        Oh, do. It is a lovely, simple summer fragrance- lasting power could be better though. Every time I smell it, I am sitting in the French Quarter on a wrought iron balcony drinking a Hurricane!

  92. meadowbliss says:

    I think I need a publisher as all of these lovelies should be in a Perfumista’s Guide to Haiku!

    • Tama says:

      Maybe we can do it on

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Really, it’s taken on a life of it’s own. I still like the idea of making art to match each of these, since they’re so inspiring.

        • Tama says:

          I’m in!

          • Haunani says:

            The art would be wonderful!

  93. Rappleyea says:

    I think I’m sick, but it’s a lot more fun than cleaning! :-D

    I am six again
    The Christmas tree is ready
    Santa comes tonight

    Voluptuous rose
    and succulent peach dripping
    Nectar of summer

    Barefoot, bronze skin girl
    Tropical flowers hair
    Waving at tourists

    • Rappleyea says:

      Should be “tropical flowers IN hair”. Sorry.

    • 50_Roses says:

      I’m going to have to try Wazamba also, especially since I just looked it up on Lucky Scent. The notes are intriguing (I love incense) and the price is not bad.

    • mjr says:

      Just added Wazamba to my list (again) and Mahora/Mayotte as well. :)

      • Rappleyea says:

        OMG, M. – take Mahora off your list. I can send you as much as you want!

  94. meadowbliss says:

    Maybe I’ll revisit Wazamba again….you’re outdoing yourself, R! These are so poetic.

    • Rappleyea says:

      LOL! Thanks. I don’t seem to be able to stop myself!

  95. Tama says:

    soap, soap, soap and soap
    oh, such a disappointment
    orange flowers, my ass

    (prada fleurs d’oranger)
    (can I say “my ass”?) :-)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I can run it by Robin, if you want, but it’s certainly been said on here before. Possibly by me.

      • caprica says:

        Yeah, this thread has already presented us with graphic images of ladies in “spent and languorous” recline, several warbling and singing thighs and multiple choice references to female perspiration, so I don’t think anyone is going to be shocked by an “ass” or two.

        And if you swap “orange flowers, my ass” for “that’s vetiver? my ass!”, then you’ve summed up my reaction to Infusion de Vetiver perfectly!

    • mjr says:

      Haha, I love this one :)

    • Haunani says:

      So sad but true. Great job, Tama!

  96. Sunnyfunny says:

    Why did I not sign on yesterday? These are so great! Here are a few of my faves.

    ~Borneo 1834~
    Rum-soaked patchouli
    A bitter chocolate heart
    I crave your darkness.

    So warm, yet so cold
    Your jasmine entices me.
    Alien, indeed.

    ~Tabac Blond~
    Stilettos and slacks
    Assertive, cloved-up leather
    Not pretty, but hot!

    ~No. 22~
    Cathedral in white
    An everlasting incense
    Reverent and refined.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Oooh Sunny – excellent! I especially like Borneo and Tabac Blond.

    • FragrantWitch says:

      Must. Now. Sniff. Borneo. These are great!

  97. Tama says:

    sun and earth and warmth
    une reverie au jardin
    breath of lavender

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Another one I need to try… sigh…

  98. Tama says:

    Man, I just re-read all these and not only is my lemming gland active as all get-out – I seriously can’t decide what perfume to wear today!!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      It takes choosing to a whole new level: if it doesn’t inspire poetry, it doesn’t get worn.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Just what we need too – a new way to activate our lemming glands! lol!

    • 50_Roses says:

      I have that problem all the time–it is a result of having so many choices. I find myself thinking that choosing one perfume means choosing against all the others.

    • Tama says:

      The choice was made:

      rubber flower burst
      tropical decay is sweet
      warming in the sun


      • Zazie says:

        Great choice and great verses!

        Songes is such a beautiful and poetic fragrance…

  99. FragrantWitch says:

    Whoops posted too high!


    Cashmere nuzzles me
    Woodsmoke perfumes the crisp air
    Unexpected peace

    • Julia says:

      I’m so happy you wrote about Chaos – is on my “try soon” list. I’ve been reading about it a lot and many people seem unaware that it has been reissued. Is the new edition good? I love Black Cashmere and stockpiled a couple of bottles before the new one came out (which I haven’t tried). I’ve sampled Wenge from the Essence series and I think it smells like the base of BC. It is very nice, and I’m sure the others are too, but they seem kind of pricey for a mix it yourself kit.

      • FragrantWitch says:

        Hi Julia,
        Definitely seeks out Chaos, it is gorgeous. It matches my scent memory of the original exactly. I fell in love with when it first was released but , being a poor student, did not invest in a bottle and made do with a pale imitation in the form of Gap Om. When it was discontinued I was so bummed and then totally elated when it was re-released! It layers beautifully with the Wenge from the Essence series but you are right that the price point does not encourage lots of mixing. Wenge reminds me of the base of BC as well – haven’t layered them but sure that would be lovely as well!

  100. 50_Roses says:

    Raven-haired beauty
    Daring, bold adventuress
    Traveling by night

    (Vol de Nuit)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Another one that I would love to base a painting on! I need to stock up on canvases.

  101. RusticDove says:

    Where’s Ms Kitty’s?! I don’t think I missed it. Just because it was her brilliant idea doesn’t mean she gets to slide… ;-)

    • Chanterais says:

      I know, right? That cat’s crazy if she thinks she can get away with keeping us from her 17 syllables of olfactory ecstasy.

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Well, and the bar has definitely been raised. Anything I do is going to pale by comparison. Haiku writing is challenging, and we have an impressively large group of talented people on here. The last time I wrote a haiku was in 8th grade, when we combined topics between English class and history. I’m not making this up: we had to write haikus based on the Civil War. I just remember my friend and I rolling on the floor laughing because the last line we came up with for ours was, “Ahhh! There goes my leg.” Not in the best of taste, admittedly.

  102. miss kitty v. says:

    But it wasn’t my brilliant idea, so I do get a free pass! ;)

    We’ll see, we’ll see… The day is not over yet…

    • Chanterais says:

      **Raises eyebrow, sips wine, taps watch.**

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Keep drinkin’! LOL!

      • RusticDove says:

        Same here Chanterais – my glass of wine is almost empty! Don’t make me pour another Miss K! Oh well, if I must…

        • miss kitty v. says:

          Oh, geez. I’m really, really not good at this. I tried to write a couple for Coromandel and Bois des Iles, but they were pretty pathetic. Here’s the best I could do:


          Once so glamourous
          A shell of your former self
          But I still love you

          • nozknoz says:

            Perfect and a great choice!

          • Tama says:

            clap clap clap

          • miss kitty v. says:

            Thank you, and good night! ;)

          • RusticDove says:


  103. Sunnyfunny says:

    This is too fun. I have another.

    ~Bal a Versailles~
    Red lipstick and pearls
    A haughty attitude, and
    sexy lingerie

    • Haunani says:

      Perfect! (Though I’ve never tried the fragrance, I like the haiku!)

      • miss kitty v. says:

        It’s an accurate depiction. :)

  104. meadowbliss says:

    You nailed it! I love Bal a Versailles. It’s the sexiest thing I ever found (well….maybe) at TJMaxx. How can you beat 8 bucks for vamp juice?

  105. Julia says:

    My newest obsession –

    Alahine it said
    Golden whispers of glass lace
    Reach for me again

    • miss kitty v. says:

      You’re so good at this.

  106. Chanterais says:

    This thread has been an absolute joy for me. I’ve enjoyed every single lingering moment I’ve spent this weekend, quietly tasting the words aloud. Thank you to all.

    I feel sort of silly for admitting this, but I have saved SO many of these, because I never want to forget them. Ever.

    Also, my credit card hates you. A lot.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      These have been worth saving.

      Go easy on the credit card. :)

  107. skrzypce says:

    Unsettled Comfort
    Warm Earth And Cold Bones Beckon
    Serge Lutens La Myrrhe

  108. faintlymacabre says:

    haikus make me swoon
    wanting to order samples
    to bad I am broke

  109. Haunani says:

    A memory of Old Spice, for Father’s Day…

    The razor was rinsed
    Out came the sailboat bottle
    And Dad smelled like Dad

    • nozknoz says:

      Oh, this one is wonderful! And I wonder how many perfumistas caught the bug from Old Spice!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Oh, that made me a little misty! So true. What’s funny is that I don’t even know if my dad ever wore Old Spice, but it has never really mattered. I still associate that smell with him.

    • Sunnyfunny says:

      That’s so great! My dad had the whole setup, too.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Oh, H….. I’m glad that I didin’t get back on line to read this yesterday. I’m at work now so I can’t cry. :-(

      Old Spice is “Dad” to me too. That was so perfect.

  110. This thread is the reason I decided to stop lurking and participate, it was SO much fun! I really hope we can do things like this with regularity. Thank you everyone for being such a lovely source of entertainment this weekend.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I’m so glad you came out of lurking! You’ve been a great contributor. Definitely don’t be a stranger, we want to hear more from you. :)

  111. miette769 says:

    On Chanel’s No. 5

    First in memory
    Fashions reformulation
    Identity gone

    Throaty ambition
    Rest upon my décolletage
    never forget me.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      No. 5 will always have my heart. This was lovely.

  112. Dixie says:

    I hate that I’m so late to this! I’m lousy at writing, but here goes:

    Ode to chypre

    you dirty lichen
    hanging on a tree
    capturing my heart.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I love people who say “I’m lousy at this” and then write something wonderful. :) Sure you are, sure you are…

    • RusticDove says:

      That was perfect!

  113. 50_Roses says:

    A recent acquisition:

    Honeyed violets
    Bathed in glorious amber light
    “Heart-catcher” indeed!



    • miss kitty v. says:

      My friend, you could make a living doing this!

      • 50_Roses says:

        I’ve always thought I would like to be a writer, preferably of fiction. I could turn all the people I know into characters in my books, and have fun skewering the ones who annoy me. Of course, I would have to have a main character who loves perfume!

  114. 50_Roses says:

    CHANEL NO. 5
    Early memory
    Of mother’s dressing table
    Perfumista’s birth

    Fragrant memory
    Of gently cascading notes
    Wanting to smell more

    (Chanel no. 5 and Arpege were two of my first perfume experiences. I guess I can blame them for planting the seeds of my perfume lust)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      What great fragrances to start with! Lucky you!

  115. nozknoz says:

    Miss Kitty and Robin, this was stimulating and a lot of fun! I also enjoyed that the topic was announced in advance, which gave me time to think up something and also the pleasure of anticipation. Thanks!

    • vinery says:

      I agree completely–this was wonderful fun. Thanks to Robin, Miss Kitty V and all the very clever contributors. Let’s do something like this again soon!

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Thank you all! I lucked out on getting picked to host this one!

  116. Tama says:

    Rotten pondwater.
    Jicky, how could you do this?
    I was so hopeful…

    (everyone has been waxing so poetic about Jicky I had to retaliate – lol)

    • 50_Roses says:

      I have struggled with Jicky, too. I want to like it, and I do like it at first, but it either fades out quickly on me, or “turns” on me after 30 minutes or so. I always think that it is missing something–probably some more vanilla, to turn it into Shalimar.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      You get rotten pond water, I get wet (possibly dead) dog… either way, not good. You’re not alone in being jilted by Jicky.

  117. 50_Roses says:

    Coty Chypre

    Enigmatic perfume
    Bitter, green, imperious–
    Yet bewitching too

    (I snagged a bottle of vintage Chypre on eBay)

    • Flora says:

      Nice haiku – and I am SOOOOO envious! ;-)

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Oh, so YOU’RE the one that beat me to it! :)

  118. Flora says:

    Oh, such fun! :-D

    Some Serge Lutens haiku:

    Fumerie Turque

    Opium den at night
    Addictive sweet smoke rises
    Where did my wallet go?

    Datura Noir

    Summer by the lake
    Humidity like cobwebs
    White poisonous blooms

    A La Nuit

    Electric jasmine
    Glowing like an isotope
    Sunburst of indoles

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I love “Where did my wallet go?” :) These are all so well-written.

    • 50_Roses says:

      I like “humidity like cobwebs”. Sometimes the humidity here gets so bad, I feel as if I could gather up a handful of air and play softball with it.

      • L says:

        Yes! Great line – “Humidity like cobwebs.” I like “Glowing like an isotope,” too.

  119. ajuarez says:

    Bois des LLes

    Sandalwood and amber
    Marvelous dark red roses,
    my favorite comfort scent

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I’m so glad I didn’t post my tribute to BdI. Yours is so much better.

  120. 50_Roses says:

    The perfumista
    Gazes at her empty wallet–
    But she smells so good!

  121. L says:

    Truly, this has been such a fun weekend on NST. I was amazed how well this format works to describe fragrance. I feel like I gained insight into so many perfumes from the impressions you all made in 5-7-5 style. I know haiku isn’t really supposed to rhyme, but I just had to end on this note:

    Perfume as haiku
    I truly understand now
    Scents I thought I knew

  122. Dzingnut says:

    Patou 1000

    Top note is lovely,
    Then several minutes in
    Can smell fresh poopies.

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